Firm exec: Dumped pineapples are organic compost, not for human consumption

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/12 January 2023) An executive of Lapanday Diversified Foods Corporation, in Brgy. Aglayan here, said a social media post about dumped pineapples is false and misleading.

”The caption on said post is not true and misleading. These are not dumped fruits to be ‘given away for free,” Mr. Robert A. Aquino of the firm’s administrative services said in response to an email inquiry by BukidnonNews.Net Thursday morning.  

Aquino clarified that as the pictures showed, the dumped stock referred were “biodegradable waste” composed of pineapple crowns and damaged fruits with bruising,  rotten part, over ripe or chopped from sampling.

”These organic matters are disposed by spreading it to the company’s plantation that are undergoing land preparation. The purpose is to re-integrate these biodegradable waste into the soil during plowing as a form of organic compost,” he added.

A blog carried a story of a netizen’s January 11 post on Facebook alluding that the dumped pineapples were given for free. As of 10p.m. on January 12, 2023, the post has been shared 1,800 times, generated 433 reactions and 496 comments. The blog post cited there was no reason given why it was dumped.   

Aquino also warned that the dumping area is in a private property where unauthorized entry is not tolerated. He also warned against human consumption of dumped pineapples.   

“We strongly discourage the people to do scavenging from these waste, since whatever “good portion” they can salvage is NOT safe for human consumption as it might be contaminated already,” he added.

He said hey are sending tractors to shred the biodegradable waste to prevent the attention of passers by. As of 10pm. the netizen has not yet responded to a query about the post. (BukidnonNews.Net)

Photo: CDCT Facebook Account 

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